Marya Mannes

Marya
Mannes
1904
1990

American Essayist, Journalist and Critic

Author Quotes

Is there no end to this escalation of desire?

It is privilege of living to be ... acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.

Lie down and listen to the crabgrass grow The faucet leak, and learn to leave them so.

Money is not an aphrodisiac: the desire it may kindle in the female eye is more for the cash than the carrier.

Nobody objects to a woman being a good writer or sculptor or geneticist if at the same time she manages to be a good wife, a good mother, good-looking, good-tempered, well-dressed, well-groomed, and unaggressive.

One is as one is, and the love that can't encompass both is a poor sort of love.

People on horses look better than they are. People in cars look worse than they are.

The curse of the romantic is a greed for dreams, an intensity of expectation that, in the end, diminishes the reality.

A high standard of living is usually accompanied by a low standard of thinking.

The faucet leaks, and learn to leave them so.

Art can excite, titillate, please, entertain, and sometimes shock; but its ultimate function is to ennoble.

The great omission in American life is solitude... that zone of time and space, free from the outside pressures, which is the incinerator of the spirit.

By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.

The more people are reached by mass communication, the less they communicate with each other.

Generosity with strings is not generosity; It is a deal.

The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty, you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.

I don't think the advertisers have any real idea of their power not only to reflect but to mold society.

Those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if they pretend they are not.

If American men are obsessed with money, American women are obsessed with weight. The men talk of gain, the women talk of loss, and I do not know which talk is the more boring.

To lead means to direct and to exact, and no man dares do either - he might be unpopular. What authority we are given now is a trinity: the grin, the generality, and God (the Word).

In aid, the proper attitude is one omitting gratitude.

Women are repeatedly accused of taking things personally. I cannot see any other honest way of taking them.

In our society those who are in reality superior in intelligence can be accepted by their fellows only if

You cannot know what you cannot feel.

A high standard of living is usually accompanied by a low standard of thinking.

Author Picture
First Name
Marya
Last Name
Mannes
Birth Date
1904
Death Date
1990
Bio

American Essayist, Journalist and Critic